Inspired by Jacque Larsen

The following layouts were created using “Kiss the Cook” by Jacque Larsen and included in The Digi Files during January, 2015:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Kiss the Cook by Jacque Larsen; Template by Misty Cato; Fonts: The Sharon, Cookie Monster.

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by Katie. Supplies: Kiss the Cook by Jacque Larsen; My Life of Change
(template) by TDD; Fonts: The Dry Ribbon by Heather Joyce.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Kiss the Cook by Jacque Larsen; Fonts: Traveling Typewriter, DJB Tell Your Story.

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Layout by Steph. Supplies: Kiss the Cook by Jacque Larsen; Template by ScrapbookLady; Fonts: TypewriterScribbled, Not His Angel.

No Natural Light? No Problem!

If you’ve ever explored how to take better “everyday” photos, you’ve read about how natural light is so important to flattering portraits and interesting storytelling photography. As I write this though, the sun is expected to set at 4:40 p.m. By the time everybody is home from work or school and snacks are fed and school forms are reviewed and dinner is started, the sunlight is gone. As a memory-keeper (and someone who just likes taking pictures!), I still keep on shooting!

I do have an external flash with a swivel head capable of “bouncing” flash light off of light or reflective surfaces. But for this article, I’m going to talk about taking flash free photos in your own home using a camera.

If you’re new to indoor or low-light photos, I’d start by reading Katrina’s article on shooting in lower light. I’m assuming you’re comfortable with setting your ISO high, opening the aperture wide and adjusting your shutter speed.

Tip #1 – Know the light in your house

I have super-bright light bulbs in the overhead lights of my office, dining room, kitchen and the kids’ bedrooms. The rest of the house just doesn’t have same brightness at night so when we’re in a brighter room, I look for picture opportunities. Sure, natural light makes for more compelling photos, but life doesn’t happen in perfect light all the time.

Tip #2 – Watch how the light falls and adjust your photo composition to suit it

Sometimes overhead lighting will leave faces too shadowed. But, by watching the light, I was able to get a neat “slice of life” picture of my 4 year old son’s ripped jeans and Lego all over the floor.

Tip #3 – Don’t overlook the bathroom as a place to take pictures

My kids’ bathroom has white tile and reflect the overhead lights very well. I can usually get pretty decent photos in there.

The above photo is a good example of when spot metering is handy. I metered for my son’s face and let the rest of photo fall off into darkness. To put it another way, I set the exposure of the photo to correctly expose his face and didn’t care about the exposure of the rest of scene.

Tip # 4 – Some scenes are better a little darker

This serene moment is captured just fine in a darker exposure.

Tip #5 – Experiment with the light you have

For this photo, I pulled a bamboo plant from another part of my house and set it up on my dining table. I turned up my dining lights as bright as they go (they’re usually on a dimmer), and this rimmed the leaves with interesting back light. I used a wide aperture (f-stop) to let the background blur.

Have fun and keep on taking pictures!

Lightroom Round Up

This month’s Digi Files included a brand new set of templates from Katie the Scrapbook Lady. And, if you look closely, you’ll see that she included a set of coordinating Lightroom templates.

In case you’re not familiar with Lightroom templates, we thought we’d
round up some resources for you. We’ve been having fun with Lightroom
for a long time now! Take a walk down memory lane and revisit
Steph and Katie’s Lightroom Showdown.

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Next up is a video I put together on using the Lightroom templates provided. You can
download the video to your computer and watch it to see these templates in action. For some more tips, download the FAQ video I recorded to answer some of the most common questions.

A couple months ago, in
Lightroom to Layout, Steph shared how she’s using Lightroom to scrap these days.

If you are interested in creating your own Lightroom Templates,
Scrapping Faster With Lightroom leads you through the basics.

Still not convinced? Take a listen to
Episode 61 of the Daily Digi Digest podcast where Steph and I chat about Lightroom Scrapping.

Scrapbook Lady Sides

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How could we not be thrilled to welcome our very own Katie the Scrapbook Lady back to The Daily Digi. Katie has been a integral part of The Daily Digi from the very beginning and although she isn’t around as much anymore, she is far from forgotten. Katie’s templates are the perfect go-to source for scrapping inspiration. Her simple photo-centric style reminds us of what is most important — the photos and the people in them. Katie’s contribution to The Digi Files is packed with great scrapping inspiration. Katie’s template contribution this month is EXTRA special because not only do you get her regular templates, she collaborated with Studio Wendy to bring you Lightroom versions and tutorials too. How cool!



This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of
The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Katie the Scrapbook Lady’s contribution:

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Sides by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Dream Chaser by Tracie Stroud.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Sides by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Once Upon a Time by Megan Turnidge.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Sides by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Gone Squirrely by Little Butterfly Wings; Fonts: Tahoma Font.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Sides by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; By the Seaside (paper) by Zoe Pearn; Font: Tahoma; Some journaling by Pixar Wiki.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Sides by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Personality by Re Kneipp; Fonts: Century Gothic.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
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I live in and love Utah and have spent most of my life here. My husband and I have known each other and been friends since we were in the 7th grade and we have been married for almost 24 years. I have a 21 year old son (who has high functioning autism) and an 18 year old daughter. I love LEGOS (especially the mini-figs), Harry Potter, cookies, reading, and playing with photos and digi goodies on my computer.

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I created this vision board style layout last January to inspire my word for the year of “forward” (Ali Edwards’ One Little Word). Having this page done actually contributed to my year-long success with this word. Whenever I would think about how I was doing on my goals, I would mentally picture this layout and it would inspire me. I finally got it printed out to hang in my office and I plan to keep it there for ongoing motivation, even though I will be choosing a new word for 2015.



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I was a paper scrapbooker from the time I was 14 years old and was happily addicted for more than 20 years. I started digi scrapping in 2005 after looking through a special edition magazine about digital techniques. I was fascinated by what I saw and jumped right in and never looked back. My paper days were over and I’m still passionate about digital memory keeping.

n 2012, I decided to get into designing templates after I realized that I was drastically altering all of the pre-made template I was using to get the look I wanted. I really like big photo spaces and/or multiple photo spaces. Another important part of scrapping for me is telling the story so I like to be sure to add good options for titles and journaling. I’ve created more than 50 sets of templates since then and most of those packs have 4 or more templates in them so I’m well into the 200 number now of templates I’ve designed and I still have plenty of ideas that I want to tackle.


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My templates are really centered around photographs because they are the illustrations of our stories. I usually have a few specific photos in mind as I design a page or else I’m thinking about how to showcase pictures in a visually pleasing way. A good page design can make all the difference in how your memories are presented!

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Computer: I use an ASUS laptop with Windows 8.1 (which was traumatic for me to switch to after using other Windows editions – lol). I have 8 GB of RAM and I have a 1TB Seagate hard drive. I had an EHD failure last fall, but I had everything backed up to the cloud using Flickr, Google Drive, and Dropbox Pro so I didn’t lose anything. Make sure you are backing up!

Program: Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 for all my designing and scrapping. Adobe Lightroom 5 for photo organization and editing. Microsoft Word for typing long passages of journaling.

Camera: I have a Nikon D90 DSLR and a Canon S100 Point and Shoot and I love them both. Honestly though, I mostly use my iPhone 6 camera and it does a great job!

Anything Else: I love my iPad mini and I use it every day. I’m a geek about good technology!

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Every time I finish a layout, I immediately upload it to Flickr so I have a full size resolution backup copy in another location besides my computer. If I’m not ready to share it with others, I just mark it as private or only viewable to family. When I want to post my creation publicly, I download a smaller resolution size of that same layout from Flickr and then upload that one to share. There is no need to make the full size page available to the general public and then I have both a high resolution and web copy ready to access in my Flickr account.

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My Smashing template set is quite different than a lot of my other sets, but it really is one of my favorites. It is the set I used to create my vision board layout and I love the multiple layers all smashed together. It’s a really fun one to scrap with!


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My Spreads template pack is one of my newest sets, but it is already my bestseller. It’s an extremely versatile collection because it comes with double page size templates (24×12) and all the 12x12s so you can mix and match sides or even use them as single page designs. I have used them for a ton of my own layouts already!


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Here are some of my favorite products by Katie the Scrapbook Lady:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Katie the Scrapbook Lady’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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As a thank you to all Daily Digi readers, Katie has put everything in her shop on sale for 25% off for the next week!

Go have a look in Katie the Scrapbook Lady’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

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Inspired by Katie the Scrapbook Lady

The following layouts were created using “Scrapbook Lady Sides” by Katie the Scrapbook Lady and included in The Digi Files during January, 2015:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Sides by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Everyday Gratitude by Southern Serenity Designs; Font: Arsenale White.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Sides by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Dream Chaser by Tracie Stroud.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Sides by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Once Upon a Time by Megan Turnidge.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Sides by Katie the
Scrapbook Lady; Gone Squirrely by Little Butterfly Wings; Fonts: Tahoma
Font.

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Layout by Katie. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Sides by Katie the
Scrapbook Lady; By the Seaside (paper) by Zoe Pearn; Font: Tahoma; Some
journaling by Pixar Wiki.

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Layout by Monica. Supplies: Scrapbook Lady Sides by Katie the Scrapbook Lady; Personality by Re Kneipp; Fonts: Century Gothic.

The Way I See It

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Continuing with our quotes for January, here’s a photography one for you. This is what I have tried to explain in so many ways. With our camera, we have a chance to not just capture what the moment looked like but also what it felt like. With your angle, your settings, your cropping, your lighting, and your editing, you have a chance to show the world what you see, both with your eye and with your heart.

As you start a new week, take time to really observe. Watch. Wait. And then click.

Download Your Facebook Information

Years ago I stopped using a journal to record funny things my kids said. Facebook took over. Truth be told, a lot of my life and memories are on Facebook. And I am betting that is true for a lot of you. Facebook has changed the way a lot of us keep memories. It’s great to change with the times as long as it doesn’t mean we stop recording and remembering.

Perhaps you already know this, but this was news to me a few months ago: You can download all of your Facebook information so that you can keep it. I know as if it seems that Facebook is here to stay, and I bet it will be for a while, but nothing lasts forever. I don’t want my memories to disappear with a website.

Thankfully, it’s very easy to download your information.


1. Go to the top right of your screen and click the black triangle. From there, choose SETTINGS.

2. On the settings screen, you will see “Download a copy of your Facebook Data.” Click it.

3. You will then see a screen like this. Choose to download your archive (note that you will probably have to reenter your password.)

4. A few minutes later, you will get an email and/or a FB notification that your information is ready to download. Depending on how much you post, the file could be large (mine was about 250mb).

It will download your information and break it into a number of categories: videos, photos, and other. The other stuff is actually really interesting. You can see what events you attended, a complete list of your friends, all of your status updates, all of your messages, and even your pokes (and for your information, I have been poked exactly one time in my almost eight years of being on FB…and it was in 2014).


Now all that is left is to figure out how to turn all of this into a scrapbook page!

More Fun For a Cozy Winter Weekend

Keep warm this weekend with some indoor scrapping time! Here are some new goodies to fire up your digi time.

Shape Up by Erica Zane at SSD will make your scrapping quick and EZ! This set of 8.5×11 templates includes 18 templates perfect for calendar toppers, each saved as .PSD, .TIFF and .PNG files. You could also use the blocks on your 12×12 pages.

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Scrapping with Liz has 4 new sets of templates that will help you ge those January photos scrapped. All 4 sets are 20% OFF through 1/16/15.

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Each template in Fuss Free: Somewhere In Time was specifically designed for Chelle’s Featured Designer spot at Scrap Orchard in November 2014. The templates feature clocks and the warm, comfy colors of autumn. If you missed them during November, they are now available together for your convenience. Enjoy 20% off the first week of release.

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Katie the Scrapbook Lady and Studio Wendy teamed up to convert two of Katie’s most popular template sets into Lightroom format. If you haven’t tried Lightroom for scrapping, give it a try! It’s easy, fun and oh so fast! (Training videos included.) Pick up this bundle for 30% off for one week only!

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Your pocket pages will come together in a snap with the Pocket Scraps Templates. This set contains 12 3×4″ templates. These templates are designed to create clean, photo and journaling centered pages, but leave plenty of room to pile on extra embellishments as desired.

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Check out this gorgeous new kit from Jennifer Labre – perfect for scrapping all those new year’s resolutions!

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A Creative Life is new from Kimeric Kreations.

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A happy new release from aA Designs to include a FotoInspired StarterPack with 44% discount. Anna has selected 10 of her favorite digital products to get you on your way to scrapbooking multiple artsy weekly documentation layouts. Check it out here, along with other New Year inspired products.

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Scrap your New year’s resolutions with Blagovesta’s new kit – Resolutions. It’s on early bird sale this week, and if you grab it, you’ll get also a free with purchase pack of cool word bits!

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Meagan’s Creations and Connie Prince Designs have teamed up to bring you a gorgeous new China-inspired collection! Chinese New Year is on sale now exclusively at Gotta Pixel!

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You + Me = We

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Ahhh..Shawna. After five years at Sweet Shoppe Designs, I have a soft spot for my SSD gals. Shawna did something amazing for me: she made me love boy kits. Seriously, Shawna rocks the boy kit like no other. My scrapbook albums are full of Shawna’s kits. With three boys to scrap, she is my go-to source. But it isn’t just boy kits that she does, she has a plethora of other amazing designs. I love that her color choices and fun elements keep my options open for what I want to use a kit for. Shawn’s contribution to The Digi Files is no exception. Let’s take a closer look at “You + Me = We” (and let’s commence swooning over that wood alpha!)



This is ONE of SEVEN collections you get when you become a member of
The Digi Game this month. You also get an interactive Playbook (in PDF and iBooks formats) that has lots of ideas for using the supplies including techniques, tips, and tricks! All of that, including access to exclusive collaborations every four months you are a member, for only $7.50 total per month! Here are some layouts created using Shawna Clingerman’s contribution:

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Layout by Suzy. Supplies: You + Me = We by Shawna Clingerman.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: You + Me = We by Shawna Clingerman.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: You + Me = We by Shawna Clingerman.

You can see more layouts created with this kit on our ”
Team Inspiration” page.

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I am mom to 4 school aged boys and wife to the greatest guy ever. We live in Vancouver, Washington in the beautiful Pacific Northwest and I couldn’t love it here more!

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The boys have been so cute about taking selfies with me and I love this one with my 2nd and my 4th. Owen’s face in the background is classic!! I love being the mom to 4 fun and silly boys!


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I’ve been a life long crafter and pretty much have been cutting and pasting things since I could hold scissors! I got my start as a digital designer in 2006 when I got my first Wacom and started drawing swirlies for my friends and to give away on my blog. It didn’t take long for me to take the step into designing full kits and I haven’t looked back since!

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Basically emotions are my number 1 inspiration as a designer, I will be in a special moment with my kids, or see something adorable or fun and think “I HAVE to do a kit for that!” I rely a on pinterest a lot, and you will find me pinning word art and sentiments all the time that will turn into a starting point for a new kit.

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Computer: I’m currently designing on a very tired Dell laptop that is several years old – I keep saving up to get a new one and then spending the $ on something else awesome! I am a windows girl through and through (no Mac for me!), and one of the thing I love about getting just simple no-frills laptops is that they are affordable enough to replace every few years. I Also rely heavily on my external monitor and I love having my preview open on one screen and my Photoshop working file open on the main screen. This year I also got a surface pro which I LOVE to use with Adobe Illustrator, that way I can draw on my lap on the couch (or at soccer practice for the kids!).

Program: I use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator almost exclusively for designing. Recently I also learned a little bit about Lightroom and I use it now to process my photos quickly and easily. What a difference it makes!

Camera: I have an outdated Cannon Rebel, but if I’m honest, 99% of my photos come from my Samsung Galaxy Phone. It does a great job and it is SO convenient!

Anything Else: My other favorite little secret is the Goodwill Outlet! Not an electronic, but I love going and sorting through bins and finding a little piece of ephemera or ribbon or something else unique and scan-able! So much fun!

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Have fun with it! If you are waiting for all the conditions to be perfect and for the perfect idea/thought/inspiration sometimes I think you miss the opportunity to just make something and let your heart speak.Anyone sitting down and opening up Photoshop is an artist in their own right so give yourself some credit and just do what feels right!

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One of my favorite recent kits is “Full Hearts.” I was inspired by a quote on pinterest that says “If you think my hands are full, you should see my heart,” and as a mom of 4 it really spoke to me! I think this kit perfectly captured the warm feelings of being surrounded by family and love that I was hoping to share.


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As a mom of 4 boys, I’m sure you can imagine where this kit came from! I LOVE designing with navy blue lately and this bold, fun kit makes me very happy! My boy kits are some of my favorite to do and I think my customers have come to expect them from me.


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Here are some of my favorite products by Shawna Clingerman:


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Here are some more inspirational layouts using Shawna Clingerman’s products. All of the layouts are linked to the originals with credits.


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Save 25% in Shawna Clingerman’s store using code: TDD-Save25,
Expires: 2-28-15.

Go have a look in Shawna Clingerman’s store! We will randomly select TWO winners to win $10 in product! All winners will be selected through the Rafflecopter widget below. There are several ways to enter and you can do ALL of them to gain more entries for yourself!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Inspired by Shawna Clingerman

The following layouts were created using “You + Me = We” by Shawna Clingerman and included in The Digi Files during January, 2015:

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Layout by SharonS. Supplies: You + Me = We by Shawna Clingerman; Template by Janet Phillips; Fonts: KG Tangled Up In You, Pea Karli.

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Layout by Suzy. Supplies: You + Me = We by Shawna Clingerman.

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Layout by Vicki. Supplies: You + Me = We by Shawna Clingerman.

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Layout by Sula. Supplies: You + Me = We by Shawna Clingerman.